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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for January 13, 2021

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WEDNESDAY, January 13                  Hilary of Poitiers

Mark 1:35 In the morning, while it was still very dark, he got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.

Behind Jesus’ miracles and ministry is a habit that is easy for us to miss. He always had a rhythm to his life—a balance between extreme communal work and time alone.

I admit that I struggle with following Jesus’ rhythm of intense work and intentional refreshment and rest. I intuitively know that there is profound power in this rhythm. When I have engaged in this practice, the balance has moved my spirit from an intuition about how things should be to helping God make them a reality. And yet, I still struggle with embracing this rhythm. What we hear about this holy way of being and how it informed Jesus’ ministry is an authoritative spiritual direction for us.

Be conscious of this today. Do the works you must, but also be alone with yourself—and with God too.

MOVING FORWARD: Rest is one of the steps along the Way of Love. Visit www.forwardmovement.org to find more resources for following Jesus.

PRAY for the Dioceses of Lesotho and Southwark (England)

Ps 119:1-24 * 12, 13,14 | Isaiah 41:1-16 | Ephesians 2:1-10 | Mark 1:29-45

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